National Geographic : 1909 Dec
NOTES ON TURBULENT NICARAGUA 1107 Copyright Keystone View Company THE PICTURESQUE CITY MARKET: MASAYA, NICARAGUA Masaya, nine miles west of Granada, is near the little Lake Masaya, at the foot of the volcano of the same name. Into the crater Friar Bias, of Castile, in 1534, tradition states, lowered a bucket, that he might draw up molten gold. The bucket melted as it touched the lava, and the monk wrote: "One cannot behold the volcano without fear, admiration, and repentance of his sins; for it can be surpassed only by the eternal fire." The place is peopled mostly by Indians, about 15,000 in number. Volcanic ash forms the soil of the vicinity, which is very fertile and is planted chiefly with tobacco. Its manufactures were formerly noted throughout Central America, and are still of considerable importance hammocks, cordage, straw hats and other articles of Indian workmanship. In the market are sold the products of the orchards, fields and factories. We are most interested in the luscious fruits and the announcement of the women who sell them; it is translated: "I have oranges, papayas, jocotes, Melons of water, of gold, and zapotes, Will you buy?"